Alec Baldwin news – live: Hollywood backs actor in wake of Rust shooting involuntary manslaughter charges

‘There’s nothing we can do to bring his mother back’: Alec Baldwin on Rust movie shooting

As Alec Baldwin faces charges of involuntary manslaughter over the 2021 death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on Rust set, SAG-AFTRA and fellow actor Mickey Rourke have defended him.

The actor is one of three cast and crew members facing charges over the accidental shooting, New Mexico prosecutors announced on Thursday.

The first assistant director on Rust, David Halls, has agreed to plead guilty to negligent use of a deadly weapon.

Meanwhile, the film’s armourer Hannah Gutierrez Reed has also been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Even amid the recent developments, continued production on Rust remains, a person with knowledge of the project told The New York Times.

Baldwin will still serve as the film’s lead and Joel Souza, who was wounded in the shooting, will return as director.

Thursday’s decision comes more than 15 months after the fatal October 2021 shooting, when a gun held by Baldwin discharged on set. A single bullet struck Souza in the shoulder before fatally striking Hutchins in the chest.

Baldwin has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and maintained that he was told the gun was “cold”.

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Eliza Hutton, fiancé of Brandon Lee who died on ‘The Crow’ set, previously spoke out about gun safety

In the aftermath of the 2021 shooting of Halyna Hutchins, Eliza Hutton – the fiancé of Brandon Lee – called for “alternatives to real guns on sets”.

Lee died in 1993 aged 28. The actor and son of the late action star Bruce Lee had been killed during the filming of The Crow after an actor fired a prop gun he believed to be loaded with blanks.

It was later discovered that a fragment of a dummy shell had been left in the gun’s barrel. Lee died in hospital following hours of surgery.

In October 2021, Hutton said: “I urge those in positions to make change to consider alternatives to real guns on sets.”

Graeme Massie21 January 2023 09:03

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Alec Baldwin tweets about David Crosby’s death hours after being charged in Rust shooting

The 64-year-old is one of three cast and crew members facing charges over the accidental October 2021 shooting.

Graeme Massie21 January 2023 08:30

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A history of Alec Baldwin’s career and life

Alec Baldwin has had a career in TV and film for more than three decades. He is best known for his roles in 30 Rock, and has had roles in Beetlejuice, Glengarry Glen Ross and The Departed. He has also received acclaim for his impression of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.

Here, The Independent’s Ellie Harrison takes a look at his career highlights and lowlights.

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Star, who has seven children, is famous for his role in ‘30 Rock’ and for his impersonation of Donald Trump on ‘SNL’

Inga Parkel21 January 2023 08:00

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Halyna Hutchins’ husband says charges are a ‘comfort to the family’

In a statement issued after the announcement of the charges, Matt Hutchins said: “ We support the charges, will fully cooperate with this prosecution, and fervently hope the justice system works to protect the public and hold accountable those who break the law.”

Graeme Massie21 January 2023 07:38

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Who is Hannah Gutierrez-Reed?

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed is the armourer who is also facing charges of involuntary manslaughter over the October 2021 fatal Rust shooting.

As the head armourer on the film set, Gutierrez-Reed’s job was to “set up” the guns. She was the crew member who placed the firearm on the cart that discharged after Baldwin picked it up, firing the bullet that fatally shot Halyna Hutchins.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was the armourer on the set of Rust

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The 24-year-old is the daughter of Hollywood armourer Thell Reed. Reed is well-known in the industry for having taught Brad Pitt and Val Kilmer “realistic gun handling”. He also worked on Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 movie Django Unchained as the quick draw expert.

Reed reportedly trained Guiterrez-Reed, who revealed on a recent episode of the Voices of the West podcast, that Rust was only her second film set acting as lead armourer. She recently wrapped on her first movie set –The Old Way (2023) starring Nicolas Cage.

Inga Parkel21 January 2023 07:00

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Everything Alec Baldwin has said about the shooting

In light of the news, this is everything Alec Baldwin has said about the incident.

The actor has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in the shooting.

Graeme Massie21 January 2023 06:28

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Alec Baldwin honoured Halyna Hutchins on the one-year anniversary of her death

In October last year, Alec Baldwin marked the one-year anniversary of Halyna Hutchins’s death with a post on social media.

On Friday (21 October), one year after the incident took place, Baldwin shared a photo of Hutchins to Instagram. “One year ago today…” he captioned the post.

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Cinematographer died in October 2021 on set of film ‘Rust’

Inga Parkel21 January 2023 06:00

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‘No one is above the law’

Read Santa Fe DA Mary  Carmack-Altwies’s full statement on involuntary manslaughter charges brought against Alec Baldwin in full below.

Graeme Massie21 January 2023 05:33

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Donald Trump Jr criticised for ‘hateful’ reaction to Alec Baldwin’s Rust charges

Donald Trump Jr was among the first public figures to respond to the news.

The former US president’s son has been criticised for his “hateful” reaction to Baldwin’s Rust charges.

“Maybe Alec Baldwin will be lucky enough to share a cell with Michael Avenatti,” Mr Trump Jr tweeted on Thursday (19 January) in response to the announcement.

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Donald Trump Jr has come under fire for his “hateful” reaction to Alec Baldwin’s Rust charges.

Inga Parkel21 January 2023 05:00

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Alec Baldwin: A history of the actor’s career and life

Alec Baldwin has had a career in TV and film for more than three decades. He is best known for his roles in 30 Rock, and has had roles in Beetlejuice, Glengarry Glen Ross and The Departed. He has also received acclaim for his impression of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.

Here, The Independent’s Ellie Harrison takes a look at his career highlights and lowlights.

Graeme Massie21 January 2023 04:27

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